Dr. Margaret Kim
Teaching: Bravo Award Finalist (The Bravo Award is given to the top arts educators and programs in Los Angeles each year. There were 11 finalists out of the entire county of Los Angeles). Also, Los Angeles County Music Educator of the Year. Built music program to national acclaim at Huntington Park High School, recognized by the Grammy Foundation as exemplary music program and featured in the Los Angeles Times and several professional journals. Interviewed on radio and in newspaper stories. Founded Major Program and Advanced Placement Music Theory Program. Had journal articles published in professional journals.
Administration: (Legacy Visual and Performing Arts HS) 2022 Preliminary Graduation Rate was 98%, with only 1 student not graduating on time (2nd highest in LAUSD). Increased test scores on Smarter Balanced Assessments, 8% in Math and 10% in ELA in one year (2019). Implemented online learning/virtual academy including online instruction, virtual events (Open House, Sports Orientation, Graduation, Senior Awards, Guest Speakers, Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Special Events, Coffee With the Principal), including Improved communication through better use of and redesign of the school website, utilizing Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts, weekly Monday Memo to staff, weekly phone calls and podcasts to the community, Coffee with the Principal, and high visibility at student events and in classrooms, New programs and activities included new Swim Team and boys/girls water polo teams, new Korean language classes (new partnership with Korean Language and Culture Foundation), new piano class, new vocal workshop, new show choir, new music technology class, new Academic Decathlon class/team, new boys/girls golf teams, new marching band, and new/revived glee club. (Verdugo Hills HS) Founded Instructional Cabinet, Started Test Prep Advisory Program, Founded and Directed Glee Club who performed throughout the community and was featured in local newspapers and on NBC-Universal News, Revived Musical Theatre program and directed music for Spring Musical (South Pacific), Supported all academic and extracurricular programs, arts, and athletics, Improved community relations and PR with the use of Facebook, Twitter, School Website, Marquee and other media, helped improve scores on CAHSEE and CSTs, developed and implemented a Visual and Performing Arts academy Magnet, founded Jazz Choir and a Capella Vocal groups. (Polytechnic HS) Founded Freshmen Centre (ninth grade academy) at Polytechnic High School. Program led to 95% 10th Grade matriculation rate in one year (up from 73%), doubled the graduation rate when the freshmen of the first class were seniors, and dramatically improved student achievement and school climate. In 2008, Poly exited Program Improvement status, in part to the success of academic improvements started with the Freshmen Centre. Following the success of the Freshmen Centre, there were over 20 ninth grade academies in the Los Angeles Unified School District, many of them using the Poly model after conducting visits to the Centre. Presented several workshops at national conferences including Talent Development High Schools and the Education Trust and Education Trust, West. Guided and supported Fine Arts, Media, and Entertainment Small Learning Community (FAME). (Manual Arts HS) High School Principal of the Year (Association of California School Administrators) in 2008 (out of 75 high school principals in Region 16, LAUSD). Made dramatic improvements in every part of the school including instruction (all contents areas including the arts), organization, school plant, and extracurricular program/athletics. School exited the School Intervention and Assistance Team (SAIT) program in 2008. Guided and supported School of Performing and Applied Arts Small Learning Community (SPAA) and New Media Academy. (City of Angels School) Developed online courses and programs in collaboration with school and district specialists including City of Angels Virtual Academy Summer School (Summer, 2010) and COA Virtual Academy (Fall, 2010). Developed City of Angels Visual and Performing Arts Academy (Fall, 2010). Rallied school community and district staff to increase enrollment by reaching out to possible drop-outs and others resulting in an increase of 800 students saving 24 teaching positions. Established programs to support students and increase parent involvement including Coffee with the Principal, PTSA, and the English Learners Advisory Council.
Spending time with family and friends.
Writing and performing music.
Reading, especially leadership frameworks and stories.
Organizations President, Senior High School Principals Organization, 2013-2014, 2017-19
Director, Region 16, Association of California School Administrators State Board, 2013-2016
Music Center of LA County Education Committee,2010-2016
USC Rossier School of Education Professional Development Committee, 2010-2012
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation
•Visiting Team member, 2002-2013
President, Assistant Principal Secondary Student Services Organization, 2002
The College Board and Education Testing Service(ETS)
•Endorsed Consultant, AP Workshops and Summer Institutes,1998-present
•AP Exam Reader, 1997-2008
Vice President, California Music Educators Association,Southern Section, 1998
Additional Membership, 2000-2011
•Association of California SchoolAdministrators, National Association of SecondarySchoolPrincipals, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Associated AdministratorsLosAngeles, LAUSD Senior High SchoolPrincipalsOrganization
•Talent Development High Schools/Johns Hopkins University, Education Trust, Education Trust-West, National Association for Year Round Education, National Association for Music Education, California State University, Northridge, California League of Middle Schools
Publications/ Presentations/ Awards
High School Principal of theYear, Association of California School Administrators,2008
Outstanding Teacher Award,United Teachers Los Angeles, 1997
Outstanding Educator of the Year, Los Angeles CountyMusic EducatorsAssociation, 1996
Bravo Award Finalist,Music Center of Los Angeles County, 1994
Interviewed and Featured:
•LATimes, LA DailyNews, San FernandoValleySun, United Teacher, TeachingMusic, FoothillLeader, Glendale NewsPress,La Opinion, and various television and radio features
To make a difference in the lives of kids by supporting excellence in teaching, doing whatever it takes to improve student achievment, developing and improving systems at both school-site and district levels, implementing standards-based instruction in all content areas including the arts, supporting co-curricular and extracurricular activities including athletics and student leadership, supporting and mentoring school staff, and connecting with families and the community.
Principal, Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School 2016-present
Success and Implementation of Signature Programs:Improved SBAC Test Scores in ELA up 10% Prof./Adv. and Math up 8% Prof./Adv. in 2019, Signature Writing for Musicals Program, 1st Place Winners in FNAM Show Search 2017, Signature Physical Trainer Program and Course Sequence/Career Path, Implemented Leader in Me Program, Improvement in all Sports and Entrance into Eastern League.
Improved Communications with School Community: Improved communication through better use of and redesign of the school website, utilizing Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts, weekly Monday Memo to staff, weekly phone calls and podcasts to the community, Coffee with the Principal, and high visibility at student events and in classrooms.
New programs and activities: New programs and activities included new Swim Team and boys/girls water polo teams, new Korean language classes (new partnership with Korean Language and Culture Foundation), new piano class, new vocal workshop, new music technology class, new Academic Decathlon class/team, new boys/girls golf teams, new marching band, and new/revived glee club, new show choir, new a cappella singers, new Mariachi program, Summer Bridge/Arts Enrichment program, after school dance program, color guard program.
Principal, Verdugo Hills High School LAUSD 2011-2016
Verdugo Hills High School is an early-start calendar on a Copernican Block schedule encompassing 9th-12th Grade The school is divided into 4 small learning communities including a Magnet Center (Digital Media). Student enrollment as of September 16, 2011 was approximately 1806 students comprised of the following ethnicities: African-American (3%), American Indian (1%), Asian (5%), Filipino (4%), Latino (56%), Pacific Islander (0%), White-not Latino (31%), English Learners (11%), Reclassified ELs (33%), Students with Disabilities (11%), Economically Disadvantaged (66%), and Identified Gifted (17%).Percent of students on free or reduced price lunch is 66%.
Improved Communications with School Community: Improved communication through better use of school website, establishing Facebook and Twitter accounts, weekly Monday Memo to staff, Coffee with the Principal, weekly phone call to the community, and high visibility at student events and in classrooms.
Improved Instructional Support: Implemented InstructionalCabinet to discuss instructional programs and school plans. Implemented Test Prep program and increased interventions.
Increased enrollment: Increased enrollment through community outreach including advertisements, open house, and new programs including new vocal music program, new sports programs, Visual and Performing Arts Academy Magnet opened in 2013-14.
Increased Academic Success: Improved student academic skills resulting in increased test scores on CST and CAHSEE and API each year (API: 710 to 748 and 4/3 to 5/5). Under CORE Waiver to NCLB, Verdugo Hills exited Program Improvement/is not a focus or priority school.
Principal, Manual Arts High School (District 7) LAUSD , 2006-2008
Manual Arts High School (3600) is a year-round, comprehensive high school encompassing 9th -12th Grade with students receiving Title One services (90%) and Special Education services (11%), English Language Learners (37%) and approximately 82%, Latino and 18%, African-American students. The school is divided into 9 small learning communities of about 400 students each with dedicated/localized teachers and classrooms, staff, and administration. There are about 200 certificated faculty and 150 classified staff. Manual Arts is located in the heart of Los Angeles, across the street from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and two blocks away from the University of Southern California, and is considered South Central Los Angeles (northern section).
Improved instructional practice: Implemented professional learning communities with professional development/collaborative team meeting time every week as part of the regular school day. Exited the School Assistance and Intervention Team (SAIT) program.
Improved Safety and Climate: Instituted new Tardy Sweep program (Per. 1 tardies reduced from 800 students to under 100 students); New murals class that created several murals around campus; Plant improvements including new buildings, new small learning community offices and common areas, new classroom furniture and painting project
Academic Interventions: Immediate intervention program for struggling ninth graders, increase in classroom visits and accountability for teachers and administrators, California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) Prep classes, CAHSEE Boot Camp for seniors who have not passed; new courses to improve skills in English/language arts and math.
Instructional Support: Developed programs and smaller learning communities, secured several grants; Founded Instructional Cabinet, LAYERS (program for aspiring administrators), Grant Team, Data Team
Parent Support/Involvement: Moved and expanded Parent Center and services, implemented parent patrol, extended Library hours; New Back-to-School Night, Parent Conference Night, and Open House.
Improved communication: Began publishing daily bulletin (Toiler Talk), Manual Arts Update, Monday Memo to Staff, and developed new website
Scheduling: Led the exploration followed by staff voting and approving a new 4X4 block schedule; hired new administrators, teachers, and staff; developed master schedule with 9 small learning communities on three tracks (Concept 6-Year-round)
Athletics: Implemented new football program, new coaching staff, new cheerleading program, new swim team and water polo team; first night football game in 97 years.
Acting Principal, Small Schools, Associate/Assistant Principal
Polytechnic High School (District 2) LAUSD 2004-2006
John H. Francis Polytechnic High School, a comprehensive high school for grades 9-12, provides services for a total of 4,246 students with an ethnic population of: 90.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 0-3 % of other ethnicities.Approximately 12% of the student population receives special education services, about 33% are English Learners (EL), and about 85% of students qualified for free/reduced price meals in 2006-07. School is divided into 5 small learning communities including a 9th grade academy, a 10th grade academy, and three 11th/12th grade career academies. Polytechnic High School is located in the North East San Fernando Valley, considered a suburb of Los Angeles but also within the city limits.
Founded Freshman Centre, Ninth Grade Success/Transition Academy Administrator
High school made great gains in student achievement led by the Freshmen Centre, Ninth Grade Academy. Graduation Rate more than doubled. School exited Program Improvement in 2008.
Responsible for attendance, counseling, discipline, curriculum and instruction, professional development and evaluations of over 50 teachers & staff. On-time matriculation to 10th grade went from 73% to 93%.
District 2/Los Angeles Unified School District2000-2004
Responsibilities included Visual and Performing Arts, History/Social Studies, and Science, English (9th), Math (9th), Life Skills/Health, PE (9th), Advanced Placement/Gifted, teacher evaluations, new school-based administrator training program.
Developed smaller learning communities, houses, and academy programs
Secured several grants totaling over 8 million dollars.
Additional responsibilities included student body activities and funding, senior activities and graduation, school plant, facilities, parent involvement/parent center, building and grounds/maintenance, attendance office, safety and student discipline.
District 6/Los Angeles Unified School District
Built program from 70 students, 1 teacher, to over 400 students, 3 teachers and3 teacher assistants
Founded first LAUSD Advanced Placement Music Theory course
Developed/implemented new curriculum and programs, integrated instruction course, music technology
Founded Academy of Music Professions and the Music Major Program
Teacher, Berendo Middle School (District 4) LAUSD
Developed/implemented Popular Music in America curriculum.
Founded Musical Theatre Workshop program (Migrant Education).
Founded Showstoppers, jazz/show choir. Performances all over LA.
Created, produced, and directed original musicals every fall.
Founded Neighborhood Orchestral Training and Enrichment Program (NOTE).
Implemented first orchestra music program in over 25 years and started new
M.A. Educational Administration (1992)
M.A. Music Education (1990)
B.A. Music (1982)
Preliminary and Professional Clear single Subjuect Music Credentials (CA)
Preliminary and Professional Clear (Tier II) Administrative Services Credentials (CA)
Use of Social Media to communicate with the school community.
Curriculum Design (K-College), Supervision of Instruction, Arts